The European Commission announced that the European Research Council will allocate ‘Starting Grants’ to 406 top researchers who are beginning their research career.
Six Greek researchers are among the 406 top scientists from the whole of Europe to be selected by the European Research Council to receive Starting Grants.
The European Commission announced that the European Research Council will allocate ‘Starting Grants’ to 406 top researchers who are beginning their research career. The total amount of 605 million euros, with 1.5 million euros per grant, will enable them to establish their own research teams and develop innovative ideas.
The six Greeks who were selected are: Constanitinos Dimitriadis (Germany-Research Centre Max-Planck), Constanitinos Stellos (Germany-University Goethe University Franfurt), Yiannis Stefanou ( France-Ecole Nationale Des Pontes et Chaussees ), Giorgos Sortiriou ( Sweden – Karolina Institute), Eleni Diamanti ( France- CNRS-Telecom Paris Tech) s ( Holland- Merkouriand Panayiotis Groningen University).
Research performed by the new grant recipients will cover a wide range of fields: from health issues related to chronic infections or asthma to disaster management and climate change. Most of the 406 grants awarded as part of the research and innovation programming of the EU’s Horizon 2020 will be given to German (65), French (48) and Italian (43) researchers. According to the Commission, the number of women among the new grant holders is the highest in ERC’s history, while there is also a great variety of nationalities.
The Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, commented on new approvals: “Exceptional talent needs the right conditions at the right time to thrive. The EU provides the best possible conditions for the start of a researcher’s career through ERC Starting Grants. Such funding is vital for the future of Europe as a scientific hub, both in keeping and attracting new talent.”